Sunday, November 8, 2015

About to Hatch: Operation Shower Nashville

I have been dying to volunteer at an Operation Shower event for years!
Unfortunately, being in Memphis, we are not close to many military bases. We do have a Navy base north of the city and I have been begging Operation Shower to do one there for years!
So, when Amy, the lead event planner, asked if I would like to help in Nashville I told her I would clear my calendar to make it happen!
I was so honored to be asked to design the dessert table for this event. And even if I didn't do that part, I still would have volunteered because I think it is such an awesome organization!
On top of that, I got to finally meet Amy, after years of following her work, and Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, who designed the shower and has been an inspiration for years!
#operationshower #abouttohatch #babyshower #birdthemedbabyshower
When Jenn sent me over the paper designs for this event, I was blown away with how adorable they were. I loved the modern spin she put on the "bird/hatching" theme. Nesting themes will always be a popular theme for baby showers, so why not update it?

Seeing the event in person was just amazing. The photos don't even do it justice. It was so bright and colorful and lovely for the women who we were honoring. I heard many of them gasp when they arrived at the top of the stairs.  

Jenn never misses a detail, and even the tiniest parts of her centerpieces were thought-out and perfect. 
You can see Jenn's post about the event on her blog. 

My dessert table focus were these spray-painted grapevine wreaths that I hung from clear cord from the pipe and drape backrop. I wanted to pick up on the geometric patterns in the paper designs by using a natural shape as a geometric shape. I love how these wreaths turned out. They were high impact and so fun in those bright colors!
#operationshower #abouttohatch #babyshower #birdthemedbabyshower

This GORGEOUS linen is from White Door Events here in Memphis. They were kind enough to donate it to this event and it was really the perfect linen for this table. The green "leaves" look like feathers. 

We had such gorgeous desserts for this event, all donated by these lovely bakers and artists. 
First, these beautiful birthday cake caramels from Firefly Confections. These are my weakness. I can't stop eating them when they are in my presence. Honestly. 

Beautiful iced cookies by my fellow Memphis girl, Katherine with Creating Awesomenessity. 
It's hard to pick a favorite design because they are just so cute!

Cupcakes by Nashville Sweets and beautiful little sugar works of art by Frog Prince Cookie and Cake Design. 

And these beautiful little chocolates from Anna Shea Chocolates. These were big hits!

Since we didn't have a cake, I created a faux cake from these stacking boxes from Nashville Wraps. 
I used some of Jenn's papers and glued them around the outsides, them added some wooden bird shapes from Michael and a bird house on top.

I used a lot of fun geometric shapes and serving pieces that I picked up from Hobby Lobby on clearance over the summer, paired with wood tones, and simple white cake stands and plates.
Jenn's printables brought it all together! 

Volunteering at this event is something I won't soon forget. Seeing these women and families be so overcome with gratefulness and relief at being provided an entire baby shower complete with diapers, diaper genies, car seats, bottles, and way, WAY more is so touching. 
These families give so much to our country and sacrifice in so many ways, that is is amazing to be able to give back to them. 

The best part of the day was spending 24 hours with these rock stars, Jenn, Amy, Katherine, and Courtney! You girls rule! 

I can't wait to do it again!


– Party Styling, Graphic Design & Paperie: Hostess with the Mostess
– Dessert Table Styling: GreyGrey Designs
– Photography: Tracy Brewington Photography
– Floral Design: Branching Out
– Lacquer Birds & painted wood “Hatch” signs: Ten23 Designs
– Gourmet Chocolates: Anna Shea Chocolates
– Iced Sugar Cookies: Creating Awesomenessity
– Birthday Cake Caramels: Firefly Confections
– Cupcakes with Fondant Toppers: Nashville Sweets, Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design
– White Nesting Boxes (for centerpieces) & pink & orange gift boxes: Nashville Wraps
– Birch Charger Plates: Koyal Wholesale
-Green Textured Linen: White Door Events

Thursday, October 22, 2015

{My Parties} Avery's Elsa Frozen Party

#frozenparty #frozen #letitgo #princessparty #greygreydesigns

It's a Frozen Party!  
It's the hottest (or coldest) theme for little girls in years!  This is the second Frozen Party for me, so I wanted to do a little bit of a different spin on it this time. Miss Avery wanted to have an Elsa ONLY party. No Ana allowed here! 
So, I knew I wanted to focus on the ice and on the blue aspect and let me tell you that this time of year is the BEST time to source stuff for your Frozen party! There are entire sections of craft stores devoted to Frozen Christmas decorations! 

#frozenparty #frozen #letitgo #princessparty #greygreydesigns
I started this design by using iridescent floral sheeting for the backdrop and then I added oversized snowflakes. I had Lauren at Ten23 cut Avery's name out of wood and then I mod podged turquoise glitter for extra sparkle. On the tabletop, I added a piece of white glittery batting to look like snow. 
Around the base of the table, I added a sheet of iridescent white foil curtain to look like a sheet of ice. I also applied these pieces of icicle that I found at Hobby Lobby that stuck directly to the lip of the table. It gave the entire table an icy feeling, like Elsa just struck it with her powers!
 I knew I wanted the cake to be the centerpiece of this design and Mad Lily Cakery really made it gorgeous, as always. I displayed it on a beautiful blue cake stand and added a small tulle Christmas tree skirt that I found at Hobby Lobby. I love the airbrushed feel of this cake! There's something about a winter cake that I just adore!

When I saw Nicole from Bella Bakery post these Frozen oreos on her Facebook page one day, I emailed her immediately to tell her that I HAD to have them at this party. They are little works of art. I wanted to keep one just to stare at it!  
I displayed them on an acrylic box that I covered with blue rhinestone ribbon wrap. 

 When it comes to cookies, Amanda at SemiSweet Confections is just amazing. She has made cookies for this family for several parties in a row now and I knew she would take this theme and run with it. Honestly, they were so beautiful that it was hard to even take a picture that did him justice. 

As you can see, Miss Avery loved them!

And we had to add snowballs, right? 

 For the savory food, we did some chicken nuggets (troll rocks) and some sandwiches (we finish each other's sandwiches!)

 I found these adorable Frozen headbands at the Target dollar spot and added them for our favors. The girls loved them!


Have fun setting off your own eternal winters!!  

Frozen Oreos: Bella's Bakery
LaserCut Name: Ten23 Designs
Floral Sheeting and Foil Tableskirt: Shindigz
Invitations and Banner: EniPixels
Tent Cards: TagsRUsCanada